Complete Streets in Trenton, Dan Fatton presentation at NJ APA January 2014 Conference

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Trenton Cycling Revolution, creating a safe and healthy environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in Greater Trenton through education, engagement, advocacy and promotion. Story of Complete Streets in Trenton.

Complete Streets in Trenton Trenton Cycling Revolution Dan Fatton, Chair January, 2014

Trenton Cycling Revolution Mission Statement: To create a safe and healthy environment for bicyclists in Greater Trenton through education, engagement, advocacy and promotion. • Founded in 1990s • Elected Chair in 2009 • Trenton Bike Tour, annual leisurely ride through Trenton, 2013 was our 17th successful event!

Economic Impacts In 2011, bicycling and run/walk events generated $57.82M in economic activity in NJ according to the Voorhees Transportation Center Since 2010, TCR has partnered and/or directly supported the following organizations: •Artworks Trenton •Boys & Girls Club of Trenton •Leon Rainbow •Magical Mother Yoga •Millennium Dance Crew •SAGE Collective •Trenton Social

Complete Streets in New Jersey Montclair policy in October, 2009 NJDOT policy in December, 2009 Trenton Cycling Revolution, meeting topic, April, 2010

Complete Streets Accommodate ALL Users for ALL Trips Safely & Efficiently •Public transit users •Bicyclists & Pedestrians – All ages – All abilities •Motorists

About a third of Americans don’t drive – Older people who don’t drive – All children under 17 – Some people with disabilities – Many low-income people who cannot afford automobiles. – Those that prefer a car-free lifestyle TRENTON Car-Free Households = 8,200 of 27,000 ~ 30%

Existing Streets are Inadequate Lack of striped crosswalks for pedestrians Lanes are too narrow for motorists to share with bikes Streets are too wide, too dangerous to cross on foot No accommodations for people with disabilities Crumbling sidewalks, lack of maintenance/cleaning

Streets In Trenton Unmarked Crosswalks Limited Bicycle Accommodations Spotty ADA compliance Poor Lighting Safety Concerns

Pursuing Partnerships New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) is a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) with technical assistance and direction provided by theNew Jersey YMCA State Alliance. The goal of the program is to convene, connect and empower community partnerships across the state to implement environment and policy changing strategies that prevent childhood obesity. Shaping NJ is the state partnership for the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program focusing on environmental and policy change around obesity and chronic disease prevention. Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Launched in 2009 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs.

1st Letter of Support • September, 2011 - first draft focused on bicycles • Feedback on the draft letter • Pedestrian emphasis • Broadening focus of letter made easier for partners to sign, much stronger

Green Team • 20 points in the Sustainable Jersey certification process • Additional allies to push for the policy • Built staff support

Additional Follow-up • Meetings with council representatives • Feedback from planning staff • Presentation at Council

Adoption by Council March 1, 2012 Approved 7-0  

Specific Action Steps •Memo Distribution within 90 days •Drafted memo for relevant staff, planning board, etc. •Email requests to distribute •July 18 •July 23 •August 1 •August 7 •August 21 •September 4 •Distributed to staff September 6, 2012 •Revisit specific Nelson/Nygaard plan •Additional funding request was subsequently pursued •Conduct Training within 180 days •Identified funding •Arranged logistics

Training Certified complete streets trainer from RBA Group ~ 20 Participants on October 12, 2012 TDA commitment = $25,000 for streetscape improvements

1st Walk Audit with TDA Follow-up to that commitment Postponed due to Hurricane Sandy Monday, November 5 ~ 12 participants List of recommendations

National Recognition Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition ranked Trenton’s 2012 complete streets resolution: 8th BEST policy in the NATION “Trenton’s policy should be a national standard,” said Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Bike Lanes on Market and Warren Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission funding 1st new bike lanes in many years Basis for a downtown bike loop

Social Rides

Continuing Advocacy

Downtown Trenton Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Stakeholder Meeting - February 11

Next Steps DOT Checklist Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Project list Bike loop MARKET the city as a bicycle tourism destination • Master plan due 2015 – mobility element • Ordinance

Other Resources . National Complete Streets Coalition - The National Complete Streets Coalition, part of Smart Growth America, seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed. The website is a great tool for understanding the benefits of having complete streets in a community on national, state and local level. The Coalition also offers education and assistance in drafting and implementing policies. New Jersey Department of Transportation - The NJDOT Complete Streets website offers a plethora of information regarding complete streets in New Jersey including the NJDOT policy adopted in 2009, a video demonstrating the importance of complete streets in a community, examples of local success stories, tools for implementation, additional helpful links. New Jersey Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center - NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center offers assistance to public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment through primary research, education and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design. The Center is supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration.   New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition - New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition works to make New Jersey a better place to live, with safer, more enjoyable ways to walk and bike. New Jersey Future - New Jersey Future employs original research, analysis and advocacy to build coalitions and drive land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy. Tri-State Transportation Campaign - TSTC works to create more sustainable, equitable and transit friendly communities in downstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond. 

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